Camp John Mensinger (CJM) is located in the Stanislaus National Forest at an elevation of approximately 4,800 feet. Take Highway 108 through Sonora and Strawberry; turn left at the Beardsley Lake exit. After crossing Beardsley Dam, travel another 7 miles to camp. Follow our BSA signs.
The 168 acre camp was deeded to the Yosemite Area Council (now Greater Yosemite Council) in 1969 by the Pickering Lumber Corporation and included the facilities of its Soap Creek Logging Camp. In 1976, Camp Mensinger opened for Scout camping with new and modern facilities. The camp is rich in logging history. The Camp is in an ideal location for high adventure.
Camp John Mensinger is the perfect setting for your Boy Scouts to have a great Scouting experience. Camp Mensinger offers a diverse range of camp programs.
Merit Badge Program
Our unique half-day, one-day and two-day merit badge program has been very successful. Years of experience have shown that traditional merit badge programs lose their effectiveness because of the short sessions, lack of in-depth experiences, and constant movement throughout the camp all day. At Camp Mensinger, Boy Scouts spend half a day, a full day, or up to two days on each merit badge. The advantages of this schedule are:
We replace the hour-by-hour scheduling to expand learning opportunities. Scouts spend an average of six hours in the same class thus allowing more hands-on experience and time on projects.
Leaders have no set schedule from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Leaders may want to attend a variety of classes with their Boy Scouts, help teach classes along with the camp staff, take part in adult activities, or just relax.
The Boy Scouts join their instructor at 9:00 a.m. in the program areas, eat lunch with their instructor and class, and then finish class at 3:00 p.m.
Rifle and Shotgun Shooting Merit Badges: Our Shooting Sports Director requests that all campers who plan to earn the Rifle or Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge bring the completed workbook to camp.
The aim of our merit badge program is to offer a good variety of badges that are traditionally taught at camp, or in an outdoor environment.